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Dr Xiaomin LI

Dr Xiaomin LI

Assistant Professor


Dr Xiaomin Li earned her Bachelor's degree in 2014 and Master’s degree in 2017 in Psychology at Beijing Normal University, China. From fall 2017 to May 2021, she studied for her Doctoral degree in Family Studies and Human Development at the University of Arizona, United States. In July 2021, she joined the Department of Applied Social Sciences at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University as an Assistant Professor.

Dr Li started the research journey in her sophomore year. Her research interests were broadly in how family members navigate through challenging conditions and obtain desirable outcomes in personal mental health, couple relationships, and children/adolescents development. During her prior years as a researcher, she collaborated with scholars in multiple prestigious institutions in mainland China, Macau, and the United States. She has published on Scopus Q1 and top 10% journals and presented work at international conferences for numerous times. She is also serving on board of two academic journals (i.e., Associate Editor at the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships; Special Issue Guest Editor and Editorial Board Member at the Journal of Family and Economic Issues).

Right now, Dr Li is conducting research on how financial literacy can benefit individuals, couples, and families currently and in long term. She is also interested in studying how to facilitate financial literacy, especially among young adults who are striving for economic independence and among women who are significantly more disadvantaged in finance than men. Using data obtained during her doctoral years and from the United States, she found in her recent work that responsible financial management behaviours can facilitate mental health for young adults in eight years and prevent intimate partner violence in two years. Informed by her previous work and realising how the COVID-19 pandemic has financially harmed women and the young generation, Dr Li is collecting local data and striving to understand how to better support people in our society.

Education and Academic Qualifications

  • PhD (UArizona)
  • MED (BNU)
  • BS (BNU)

Research Interests

  • Stressors and couple family relationships
  • Transition to adulthood
  • Transition to parenthood
  • Financial management
  • Advanced quantitative analyses

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